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southern masked weaver

Birds of Namibia

Introduction: Southern masked-weavers (Ploceus velatus) are common in Namibia, even though they are dependant on water in the drier regions of the country. Riverine thicket, mopane savannah, forest savannah and woodland are amongst their favoured habitats. A gregarious species, small to large flocks occur and when they are not breeding, will join sparrows, widows, bishops and canaries; all granivorous species.

Distribution: Found throughout Namibia less for the treeless areas of the Namib Desert.

Diet: Forages in small flocks for seeds from the ground and grass stems. Also takes insects from the bark and leaves of trees. Insects eaten include mayflies, termites, beetles and caterpillars.

Description: Velatus is a Latin word for 'masked' referring to the black face and throat colouration which ends in a point on the chest. Yellow nape and crown, remainder of upper parts yellowish green.

Breeding: Usually 2 to 4 eggs are laid September to April in a kidney-shaped nest built by the male and made from grass, palm leaves and reed leaves. Incubation is for around 14 days.

Size: 15cm. Weight: 35g.

Dornhugel Guest Farm

Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia

Fiume Lodge

Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)

Fiume Bush Camp

A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community

Gabus Game Ranch

Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders

Ghaub Nature Reserve & Farm

Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves are an excellent opportunity to get dirty while exploring a fascinating cave system - the lodge provides a guide and necessary equipment

Kambaku Safari Lodge

Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge

Khorab Safari Lodge

A convenient stop close to Otavi

Kupferquelle Resort

Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and Olympic sized pool in Tsumeb

Makalani Hotel

Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.

Minen Hotel

A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.


Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide

Ohange Lodge

10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi

Paradise Rest camp

a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region

Peace Garden Lodge

Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein

Roy's Camp

An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation

!Uris Safari Lodge

Situated 20km west of Tsumeb

Zum Potjie

Between Otavi and Tsumeb.

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